Opened as “The Spectrum” in the Fall of 1967, Philadelphia’s first modern indoor sports arena was originally built to be the home of the expansion Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL, and also to accommodate the existing Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. The building was the second major sports facility built at the South end of Broad Street in an area previously known as “East League Island Park” and now referred to simply as the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. The Spectrum also housed many legendary bands over the years. Aerosmith Played it 23 times; and it has also housed the likes of The Doors, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, Phish, and U2. Sadly the historic venue is set to be demolished in late Fall o make way for a new hotel in conjunction with the Philly Live! complex. But before that happens some great performers will be on hand to bid it a fond adieu.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, one of the most popular acts to ever perform at the Spectrum, will return to perform two more shows before the building closes on Tuesday, October 13 and Wednesday, October 14, as part of the final farewell series of concerts to say “goodbye” to America’s Showplace, the Spectrum. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, July 27 at 10 a.m. exclusively through ComcastTIX. Springsteen first performed at the Spectrum as an opening act for Chicago on June 6, 1973. He performed a very emotional show on December 9, 1980, a night after John Lennon was shot. He opened his performance that evening with a speech to the crowd: “It’s a hard world that asks you live with a lot of things that are unlivable. And it’s hard to come out here and play tonight, but there’s nothing else to do.”
The incomparable Leonard Cohen will help close the Spectrum when he performs at the legendary theater on Thursday, October 22, as part of the final farewell concert series saying â€œgoodbyeâ€ to America’s Showplace. Tickets will go on sale exclusively through ComcastTIX on Monday, August 10 at 10 a.m. Cohen’s historical performance at the Spectrum theater coincides with his return to the U.S. this fall for the final leg of his critically acclaimed 2009 World Tour. Since taking the stage earlier this year at New York’s Beacon Theatreâ€”his first stateside performance in more than fifteen yearsâ€” Cohen has enchanted audiences, earning rave reviews and sold-out concerts across the globe.
Pearl Jam, one of the biggest bands in the world, will be the last band to ever perform at the Spectrum when they perform their only east coast appearances at the soon-to-close arena on Wednesday, October 28 and Friday, October 30. Comcast-Spectacor and Live Nation are celebrating the final months of the Spectrum with a series of final farewell concerts to say â€œgoodbyeâ€ to America’s Showplace, the Spectrum.
Additionally, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, one of the most popular acts to ever perform at the Spectrum, will return to perform two more shows there before the building closes on Tuesday, October 13 and Wednesday, October 14.
â€œIt’s really great to play a place with so much history and so much integration of culture,â€ said Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder when the band last performed at the Spectrum (April 28, 2003). â€œTo be able to play the Spectrum is very memorable for us.â€
Comcast-Spectacor is now selling commemorative souvenir pieces of the Spectrum basketball court in 3-inch by 5-inch pieces in a commemorative frame ($76), as well as 10-inch by 10-inch wood pieces with a special plaque memorializing the significance of the floor ($176). Fans can purchase these limited pieces of the Spectrum floor by visiting RememberTheSpectrum.com. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Comcast-Spectacor Foundation. Once the Spectrum closes at the end of October, Comcast-Spectacor expects to hold a sale of the seats, the hockey boards, the glass, and other souvenirs from â€œAmerica’s Showplace.â€